Last weekend featured a fun once-a-year event, the NY State Renaissance Faire!! I have a good friend who is incredibly interested in the Ren Faire, so once a year we join him for a day of knife throwing, jousting, and beautiful costumes!
I have to say that while I am not as big a fan as he is, it is hard to not be impressed by the colors, patterns and sheer pageantry of it all.
One of the highlights of the day (which I unfortunately do not have much photographic evidence of) was the Vixens en Garde! It was a group of three females, who swung swords and acted the male parts of Romeo and Juliet, while pulling up male audience members to play Juliet. I love some sword fighting action. I love women tackling roles that are not traditionally female and I love gender reversal. So this was a no-brainer! The actresses were hysterical. They filled the stage with a great presence and actively engaged with the audience.
We sampled cider and mead throughout the day. We snacked on turkey leg and ribs (using our hands and not utensils!).
At the end of the day, we witnessed a jousting tournament and extravagant show. It featured amazing jousts match-ups, complete with wood splinters flying every which way. There was dancing and celebrating throughout the matches. It was all fought for the right to rule the kingdom. The pageant was great, featuring pomp and beautiful dresses and amazing choreography.
I have to say, it was a fabulous day all in all. I almost wish I had been able to go twice this summer!